The Middle Way

Zen Spot #2 - Mindfulness, meditation, a southern exposure and millions and millions of books February 18, 2015 14:37

On the second floor of the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, in the southeast corner of the building, is a quiet room with ceilings that rise at least two stories. The librarians ensure quiet. Homeless men and students occupy the same large wood tables - reading, dozing, writing or hiding from the weather. 

In the corner furthest to the southeast, hidden behind several rows of shelves, darkened by a permanent shadow, standing meditation can consume you. A mantra of pages turning, patrons coughing, mice clicking and keyboards tapping immerse themselves in the sunlight that blasts quietly through giant windows. 

I rarely visit this monastery but, the last time I did, I left a drawing of a Dharma wheel in the pages of a book.

Stop by. Enjoy the peace. Listen.


About DharmaMechanic

An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 Michael has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit

 What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

What is a Dharma Wheel?